The farm life and having a toddler doesn't allow me and the husband many "date nights". But what we do get are farm dates, during the baby's afternoon nap we head out to the barn and work the sheep.
This past weekend marks the beginning of the 6 week countdown until we start lambing. There is a lot to get done before our barn will be ready for bouncing lambs. The first item is the gather the ewes, check their health, hooves, weight gain and give them their yearly vaccinations. The vaccinations help prevent a number of diseases including tetanus, and giving the shots now allows antibodies to build up in the colostrum to be passed to the lambs during their first feeding shortly after birth.
This past Sunday the weather warmed from below 0 to the mid-40s, giving us a peep at spring, and little break from frozen winter chores.
This week we said goodbye to one of our beloved pets, Petunia. Petunia came to our farm shortly after we purchased it in 2010. Her and her brother were taken in as retired 4-H goats that were no longer wanted by their original owners as their children were grown. Petunia was loud, demanding, and bull headed. Her attitude always kept us laughing, and we missed her right away as the barn lacks her distinct “meh”. She enjoyed going with me for walks and her favorite snack was dried leaves in the fall. We’ve estimated her age at 15-17 years, a nice length for pygmy goats. Petunia left us peacefully in her sleep after a great life of love. Goodbye Petunia.
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